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The Sanity of George III

Theodore Draper, 9 February 1995

Paul Revere’s Ride 
by David Hackett Fischer.
Oxford, 445 pp., £17.99, September 1994, 0 19 508847 6
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... The American Revolution is not what it used to be. In the 19th century, it was a revered and present memory. Until the Second World War, it was still a proud and familiar subject, taught piously in every American school. Gradually, the distance in time and the change of population have eroded it in the national ethos. The Civil War has captured the country’s main historical attention, possibly because it evokes one of the most anguished social problems in the United States today ...

Separation Anxiety

Eric Foner, 18 April 1996

A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution 
by Theodore Draper.
Little, Brown, 544 pp., £25, March 1996, 0 316 87802 2
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... doubt that the coming of the Revolution must be explained in large measure in ideological terms. Theodore Draper’s A Struggle for Power, the most recent account of America’s path to independence, studiously ignores this vast body of historical writing. Promoted by its publisher as a radical reappraisal, the book is in fact a throwback to an earlier ...

On the imagining of conspiracy

Christopher Hitchens, 7 November 1991

Harlot’s Ghost 
by Norman Mailer.
Joseph, 1122 pp., £15.99, October 1991, 0 7181 2934 2
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A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs 
by Theodore Draper.
Hill and Wang, 690 pp., $27.95, June 1991, 0 8090 9613 7
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... have been the foundation of the storied ‘Reagan revolution’? Contemporary historians like Theodore Draper, Arthur Schlesinger and Garry Wills, or political journalists like Seymour Hersh, Lou Cannon and Robert Woodward, deal with this difficulty in various ways, but seldom succeed for long in firing the general consciousness. This is because they ...

Diary

Neal Ascherson: Scotophobia, 5 April 2007

... surprise, Klaus opened the door and Meciar fell in,’ the American journalist and historian Theodore Draper wrote. As Abby Innes remarks, ‘it was the Czech and not the Slovak will to separation that proved implacable.’ Both sides declared that negotiations on a new federal or confederal relationship had failed, and that independence was the ...

Not Recommended Reading

Eliot Weinberger, 6 September 2017

... Patricia’s shingle hairstyle and it becomes the rage. The Secret of Japan (1906) by George W. Draper    Takasuma, a Japanese-American scientist, invents a machine that makes people invisible. His friend Fowler accidentally steps in front of the ray. Fowler is extremely unhappy being invisible, and Mrs Fowler is not pleased. Takasuma promises to restore ...

Anxiety of Influx

Tony Tanner, 18 February 1982

Plotting the Golden West: American Literature and the Rhetoric of the California Trail 
by Stephen Fender.
Cambridge, 241 pp., £15, January 1982, 0 521 23924 9
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Witnesses to a Vanishing America: The 19th-Century Response 
by Lee Clark Mitchell.
Princeton, 320 pp., £10.70, July 1981, 9780691064611
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... of vast importance how far it is practicable to restore the garden we have wasted’), Lyman Draper (‘delving and rummaging’ in the Allegheny region), Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Remington, Owen Wister, George Catlin (racing against time, painting as many Indian tribes as possible), Albert Gallatin (‘father of ...

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